Experiential Travel Session
Our Experiential Travel Session is a one week program where students travel throughout the United States East Coast after completing the four-week English Language Institute. Enrollment is limited for this session and is only available to students who are have enrolled in ELI.
Students with the desire to extend their summer learning experience have the option of attending our end-of-summer travel session. This program provides an opportunity for learning in a completely different setting. Students depart from Summer at Sem’s campus and travel with teachers and counselors visiting East Coast cities.
In 2019, we visited New York City; Washington, D.C.,; Baltimore, Maryland; Richmond, Virginia; and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. We visited some of the United States's top colleges and universities, including Columbia University, Georgetown University, and the College of William and Mary.
Some of our attractions included a New York Yankees baseball game, Busch Gardens amusement park, the National Aquarium, and a tour of the United States Capitol building--including a tour of the House of Representatives Gallery Room! To top it all off, students were able to try a variety of local cuisines and foods from around the world.
This experiential travel session affords students a change of pace along with an opportunity to discover sites beyond the Wyoming Seminary campus. Students continue to develop their English language skills, but the learning shifts from reading and writing in the classroom to the use of functional vocabulary in everyday situations.
9:00-11:30 English Language class
12:30-15:00 Afternoon elective classes
15:30-17:00 Afternoon Activities
17:30-18:15 Family-style dinner
20:00-22:00 Supervised study hall
22:00 Dormitory check-in
23:00 Lights out
Activities provide a chance to develop skills and interests, and in a community like Summer at Sem, they become an enriching multicultural experience. During free time, the gyms, fields, tennis courts and pool are available for informal recreation.
Students maintain a busy agenda of excursions and activities each weekend. Trips to Philadelphia and New York allow students to experience larger cities on the East Coast. Students combine weekend excursions with attendance at Summer at Sem Creative Arts concerts. Supporting your dorm neighbors or roommate as they perform is a common weekend activity.
IS SUMMER AT SEM RIGHT FOR YOU?
The English Language Institute is open to international students ages 12-18.
Wyoming Seminary’s academic tradition is demanding and intense. The most successful students at Summer at Sem’s ELI program are:
• ready for immersion in American culture
• mature enough to endure the challenges of culture shock
• committed to learning English
• interested in making friends from around the world
For admission to Summer at Sem, an ELI student’s English language proficiency must match one of the two descriptions below:
• Beginning and intermediate students should recognize and use basic vocabulary in English. They should have the ability to comprehend basic instruction, read routine directional signs, and understand the rules of community life. All students, including Beginner-level students, should have at least some type of formal English instruction. (Note: Most students have been studying English for at least three years, though this is not required.)
• Advanced students are those who discuss, in English, everyday issues with relative fluency and ease. They can read and write both technical and non-technical material and have a strong foundation in speaking and listening comprehension.
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
In reviewing the qualifications of all applicants, the Admission Committee evaluates the candidate’s scholastic background, habits of study, adaptability, character, intellectual skills and motivation. Not only does the committee want to be sure that Summer at Sem can serve the student, but also that the student can contribute positively to the school community.
Candidates for the English Language Institute must complete an online application and submit a school transcript along with a classroom teacher recommendation (see: Application Details). Applicants must be between the ages of 12-18 to be considered for admission.
When all of the required application materials are received, the Selection Committee reviews applications and communicates acceptance or denial to the candidate. A decision will be made within the two weeks following the completion of all application materials.
Wyoming Seminary maintains an open admission policy. Any student, regardless of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, may apply for admission to the school. This policy embodies Wyoming Seminary’s commitment to enriching students’ experience by living in a multicultural school community.
The fees cover all expenses: lodging, meals, educational instruction and entertainment. Students should allow additional funds for personal expenses such as shopping and personal care. Sturdy walking shoes are required for the Experiental Travel Session.
Upon acceptance, students must submit a non-refundable deposit or full payment to confirm their intention to enroll. Fees and other charges are payable as billed. All financial obligations must be satisfied before the student arrives on campus.
Financial aid information is available upon request. Interested families can obtain a financial aid application by indicating interest on the admission application or by contacting the Summer at Sem office.
• A fee of $350 for mandatory health insurance and linens will be charged to each student.
• Ground transportation to and from campus is available at an additional fee.
• Dorm room key deposit: $100 (refundable to student if key and fob are returned at end of session)
• Refund policy: refunds (total payment minus enrollment deposits, application and registration fees) will be granted until two weeks prior to the beginning of any program.
How to Pay
Please read the options below to learn more about payment choices. Fees for other charges are payable as billed. All financial obligations must be satisfied before the student may begin classes. School documentation (report cards, transcripts, etc.) will not be released until all tuition and fees have been paid in full. Wyoming Seminary financial aid grants will be subtracted from tuition, room and board fees.
Option One - Diamond Mind
Diamond Mind offers a secure, online payment system for enrollment deposits and tuition & fees. You may choose to make payments via credit card (MasterCard, American Express, Visa or Discover) or electronic checks (ACH). Please click here to enter the ePayment Portal.
Option Two - Bank Wire Transfers
International and domestic bank wire transfers may be made. For more information, please contact the Summer Programs Office at 570-270-2161.
Option Three - Send a Check
Payments by check may be mailed to:
Summer at Sem
201 N. Sprague Avenue
Kingston, PA 18704
This section outlines the steps needed to complete your application to the English Language Institute. A completed application consists of:
- The online application
- A $125 application fee for international students
- One classroom teacher recommendation, preferably from a current English teacher
- A copy of the student's most recent transcripts
- A copy of the student's valid passport
Note: Transcripts and passport copies should be sent to the Summer Programs office at email@example.com or faxed to +1 570-270-2198
After your application is complete, the Summer Programs Office will be in touch with an admissions decision and the next steps regarding enrollment and travel plans.
Additional questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org